Winamp Update Introduces Music NFTs

A new update released for the recently revived Winamp music player has brought a new feature that enables users to create, buy, and sell Music NFTs through the app.

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Wed Dec 7, 2022 - 14:00

Winamp Update Introduces Music NFTs

Features, Fixes & Crypto Support Added

Winamp is one name which may not be known to the current generation of kids, but for the 90s kids, it was a blessing. And now, the software is getting a new update, called version 5.9.1, which promises to build on the foundation set by the 5.9 updates to solve several flaws and add new functionality to the recently revived music player. The support for music NFTs is one of the key new features being introduced through this update, while the rest are simple upgrades or improvements to already-existing functionality.

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Functionality

Similar to NFT photos, music NFTs work by providing a link to a digital audio file rather than a link to a JPG. The advantages include that artists can make more money by establishing scarcity (for instance, by releasing one-of-a-kind or limited-run records) and by receiving a portion of NFT sales that occur amongst fans. But because Winamp is a modernized version of a Windows 98 music player, it is a little awkward in how it supports NFT music. NFT music library owners must export their collections from whatever platform they use, then import them as.m3u playlists into Winamp.

Payments

This recent version of Winamp enables music lovers to connect their Metamask wallet to Winamp using Brave, Chrome, or Firefox. Then, it links their preferred music NFTs to their dependable player. Winamp is also introducing this new capability for Ethereum and Polygon/Matic protocols and allows audio and video content to be distributed under both the ERC-721 and ERC-1155 specifications.

Fixes

An updated rendering engine for Winamp’s in-app browser would be necessary in order to immediately display webpages required to download these NFT playlists since the existing rendering engine is based on Internet Explorer 10. The updated version of Winamp features a memory footprint decrease, an increase in streaming music bandwidth, an upgrade to OpenSSL 3.0.5, as well as a few additional codec and software upgrades.